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Billy Bowie went abroad, in a Renault Clio, brought us back our manager Angelo Alessio

I'm excited. Not only do we have to say well done to the board for keeping us all guessing who it was or what would happen, but you can also guarantee that we'll have upset a few of the "gid fitba men" and their pals. Had it only been for that I'd have said fair enough anyway. Let's see what happens now!

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On Sunday Kilmarnock made one of the most interesting managerial appointments in recent times in Scottish football.

The Rugby Park side were on the hunt for a boss to fill the considerable shoes of Steve Clarke who, in less than two seasons, led the club from scrapping in the muck at the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership to their highest finish since 1966 and a return to Europe.

His work with Killie saw him appointed as Scotland boss to the delight and expectation of a lot of the country's fans.

Between Clarke's departure and Alessio's appointment, a number of managers were either linked to or expressed an interest the post. A lot of the names were have-beens or never-beens, ones bandied about with every vacancy.

The Italian's arrival came from left field, and it is a field which excites.

Is it a risk? Of course, there are very few managers anywhere in the world who are nailed-on certainties to be a success.

Fans want to be enlivened by an appointment, especially when they have witnessed one of their greatest ever managers depart. An exotic name does that, but more than anything it is Alessio's CV, both as a player and a manager.

With more than 100 games for Juventus which included a Coppa Italia and Uefa Cup win, as well as spells at Bologna and Bari, Alessio knows how to handle and deal with pressure.

That pressure only increases in management.

After a spell as assistant in the demanding environment of Napoli, Alessio took his first foray into management. And, as so many of Italy's top coaches have done, he started with small clubs who are barely known on the Italian peninsula let alone on the European stage.

First up was Imolese before Massese and then SPAL. These are important, formative years in a manager's career.

Progression up the Italian football pyramid came through different move. Alessio joined his former Juve colleague Antonio Conte as assistant at Siena.

In essence it should have be a less-demanding, less-pressured role but that's not the case when working with Conte, as he did at Juventus, Chelsea and with the Italian national team.

The new Inter Milan boss said: “Angelo is my right-hand man and also, if you will, my most regular ‘victim’ because he is the closest man to me, the one I have the most direct relationship with."

Conte is the ultimate disciplinarian.

He is well known for being strict with players' diet and a Sgt Major type on the training ground where he likes his charges to "sweat blood and eat grass".

One of his favoured and infamous drills is:

Run 100 metres within 20 seconds; rest for 20 seconds -- repeat for seven minutes.

Run 75 metres within 15 seconds; rest for 15 seconds -- repeat for seven minutes.

Run 50 metres within 10 seconds; rest for 10 seconds -- repeat for seven minutes.

"When you finish training, you are dead. Not tired — dead," said Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Yet, with someone so demanding as Conte, it is unlikely Alessio is as exacting and stringent. He'll have had to been the conduit between players and manager. Therefore he will know how to communicate and those who have met him regard him as friendly and personable.

But, similarly to Clarke, having been around success, including three Serie A tiles and one Premier League, for so long he will have picked up significant experience, learned from the best, coached the best. Working to such high standards for so long, the small details will matter, he will be switched on tactically and will be no shrinking violet.

Without wanting to come across disrespectful in the slightest, if you can coach and get your point across to Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba, you can do the same with Alan Power and Eamonn Brophy.

Coming from such an environment will instantly generate respect within the changing room. Yet, that respect will last only so long unless there are the results to go along with.

It is an appointment which has surprised and one dripping in intrigue, adding another thread to a season fans are already gearing towards. It speaks volumes of the progress of Kilmarnock in recent years that they are able to attract such a manager with the requisite CV.

Who knows what is in store for Killie but, if anything, it will be fascinating viewing.

https://www.scotsman.com/sport/opinion/who-is-angelo-alessio-and-why-kilmarnock-fans-should-be-excited-about-the-new-boss-who-helped-chelsea-and-juventus-to-success-1-4948611

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Who do we fancy?

Shamrock Rovers (Republic of Ireland)

Ballymena (Northern Ireland) or NSI Runavik (Faroe Islands)

Connah's Quay Nomads (Wales)

Kuopion Palloseura (Finland)

Breidablik (Iceland)

The factor 50 can safely remain at home regardless

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AA's 1st presser is confirmed for 2pm on Thursday 20th June, it will be available on KillieTV along with the clubs own interview.....

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KRIS BOYD is hanging up his boots after a record-breaking career.
SunSport can reveal the Kilmarnock legend, who will turn 36 in August, has played his last game.

Boyd bagged more than 300 goals in an 18-year career, including seven in 18 Scotland caps.

He hit six for Steve Clarke’s Killie last season as they achieved their highest league position in 53 years to reach today’s Europa League first qualifying round draw.

 His decision to bring down the curtain on an illustrious career will be a blow to new Killie boss Angelo Alessio.

It’s understood he was keen to keep Boyd at Rugby Park as he looks to build on Clarke’s excellent work. 

Boyd has had other offers to keep playing, with former Scotland team-mate Gary Caldwell eager to take him to Partick Thistle next term.

It’s understood Boyd will resist the temptation to move into coaching, preferring instead to further his blossoming career in the media.

Boyd made his Killie debut as a 17-year-old in 2001, replacing Ally McCoist in the last match of his playing career — a 1-0 win over Celtic at Rugby Park that sent Killie into Europe.

He had three spells at Killie and two at Rangers, scoring more than 100 league goals for both clubs.

He also starred for Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, Turkish side Eskisehirspor and MLS outfit Portland Timbers.

Boyd won two league titles, two Scottish Cups and two League Cups with Gers, scoring in the final of both major cup competitions.

He won the Kirin Cup with Scotland in Japan in 2006 — scoring twice against Bulgaria — as well as a raft of personal honours.

The frontman was top scorer in the Scottish top-flight five times and remains the all-time top scorer in the SPL era.

He was shortlisted four times for the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award and once for the Young Player prize.

Boyd joins Jordan Jones and loanees Daniel Bachmann, Liam Millar, Youssouf Mulumbu, Aaron Tshibola, Mikael Ndjoli and Conor McAleny in leaving Killie. Alex Bruce is also out of contract.

Edited by C4mmy31

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13 minutes ago, C4mmy31 said:

It’s understood Boyd will resist the temptation to move into coaching, preferring instead to further his blossoming career in the media.

This is dreadful news.

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4 hours ago, ValencianKillie said:

Who do we fancy?

Shamrock Rovers (Republic of Ireland)

Ballymena (Northern Ireland) or NSI Runavik (Faroe Islands)

Connah's Quay Nomads (Wales)

Kuopion Palloseura (Finland)

Breidablik (Iceland)

The factor 50 can safely remain at home regardless

The Finnish team have Mohamadou Sissoko and Antonio Reguero in their side.

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And so ends the career of perhaps my favourite ever Killie player. The last one to come through the ranks who was older than me, and with his retirement I feel ends a last link to my childhood.

Happy retirement Kris Boyd, what a forward. 

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6 minutes ago, Moomintroll said:
15 minutes ago, dumpweed said:
Connah's Quay in the Europa league please!

I agree, home game for me.

Just outside Liverpool and only a 1500 seater stadium. That would be a mega scramble for tickets.

 

Kups is a 4 hour train journey from helsinki so that could be fun as well!

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9 minutes ago, Ludo*1 said:

The Finnish team have Mohamadou Sissoko and Antonio Reguero in their side.

wrong team.

 

That's RoPS. KuPS is who Killie can get.

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5 minutes ago, dumpweed said:

wrong team.

 

That's RoPS. KuPS is who Killie can get.

My bad!

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4 minutes ago, Craig McCulloch Burley said:

9 player leave Kilmarnock summer than Kilmarnock need sign lots new signings replace them

Will just have to wait and see what the new manager wants.

 

Plenty of potentials lined up but ultimately, it's the gaffers call.

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Boyd retiring is a disaster for Sky Sports subscribers everywhere.

Would be funny if Killie got Ballymena, a town that is closer to Rugby Park than both Pittodrie and Victoria Park

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